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Articles by Melissa Sweet

Indigenous health professionals urged to support campaign against closure of remote communities

The National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples has written an open letter to the Prime Minister calling on the Federal Government to show leadership and protect the future of remote communities (the letter is published in full at the bottom of this post). In a media statement, Congress says recent action by the Western Australian [...]

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Luke Batty inquest: on the need for a systems approach to protect women and children

As a coronial inquest resumes this week into the death of Luke Batty, policy expert Dr Chris Atmore says we need to be taking much more of a systems approach to preventing family violence. Dr Atmore is a Senior Policy Adviser at the Federation of Community Legal Centres Victoria, and co-leads the Victorian Family Violence [...]

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Advice to the new Victorian Government on improving Aboriginal health: #VicVotes

The Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (VACCHO) and key partners are calling on the next Victorian Government to introduce a comprehensive Aboriginal Cultural Safety Strategy. They want more clinical placements in Aboriginal community controlled health organisations (ACCHOs), and funding for the further development and expansion of cultural safety training in Aboriginal health to state-funded [...]

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The environment is a critical health issue: memo to next Victorian Government

Victorian medical student Tim Martin has previously highlighted an “absolute failure of rational and evidence-based policy making” when it comes to Victorian election health policies around coal and climate change. In the article below, Dr Jo McCubbin, a Gippsland-based paediatrician and a member of the Climate and Health Alliance, gives the incoming government some suggestions [...]

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“An absolute failure of rational and evidence-based policy making” – on coal, health and #VicVotes

The two major parties have failed to address one of the most critical health issues facing Victorians, writes medical student Tim Martin. “Running for election without a plan to shut down coal-fired power stations when there are viable clean alternatives isn’t just negligent, it’s madness,” he warns. *** Tim Martin writes: By now you must [...]

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What’s missing from Victorian election health promises? Plenty…

For a sustainable health system, the Victorian public deserves so much more than election promises focused on more hospital beds, according to Tom Symondson, Acting Chief Executive of the Victorian Healthcare Association. His analysis of election health policies echoes some themes raised previously at this blog by Dr Christine Walker of the Chronic Illness Alliance. [...]

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The Koori Woman: No surprises for me in First Contact

Kelly Briggs writes: Watching First Contact on SBS elicited no surprise from me, being a veteran tweeter and having work published in various publications. The attitudes expressed by the six people chosen to participate in the program are no different from the things people have tweeted at me or written in comments below the line of [...]

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#VicVotes: So many health promises, so little vision

Victorian voters may be swimming in health promises – but these offer little vision of a more integrated health system that better serves people with chronic illness, according to Dr Christine Walker, who heads the Chronic Illness Alliance. This is the first in a Croakey mini-series examining health and the Victorian election. *** Christine Walker [...]

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Hear the cries of this mother and baby – and a call for better justice for Aboriginal health

The omission of justice targets from the Closing the Gap framework for improving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander wellbeing has been called inexplicable - and many are disappointed the Federal Government has dropped plans to introduce such targets.  The over-imprisonment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples is a critical health issue in so many ways, as illustrated [...]

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The latest upheaval – questions over the future of scheme to encourage more rural doctors

(This post was updated on Nov 26 – see bottom of page) Upheaval and uncertainty are the distinguishing characteristics of the Abbott Government’s efforts in health and related portfolios. The Government’s plans for a GP copayment appear to be on hold while Minister Peter Dutton has confirmed receiving legal advice that it cannot be implemented [...]

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